Accountant Job in Kenya

Job Title: Accountant

Hiring Organization: Research Triangle Institute
Location – Locality: Kisumu
Location – Region: Kenya
Industry: Research
Job Type: Full Time
Salary: KES
Date Posted: 06/05/2024

Research Triangle Institute (RTI) has over 30 years’ experience assisting governments, communities, and the private sector. As a not-for-profit, independent research institute based in North Carolina, USA, RTI has roughly 5,000 employees with global experience implementing international development projects. RTI’s Sustainable Growth & Resilience (SG&R) technical unit within the International Development Group brings together RTI experts and capabilities across food security, agriculture, energy, environment, water, governance, and economic opportunity. SG&R will leverage RTI’s experience designing and delivering multisectoral programming and technical solutions to respond to climate change, build resilience, and promote economic growth around the world.

Project Description

The purpose of the USAID-funded Western Kenya Sanitation Project (USAID WKSP) is to create a financially sustainable, transformative, replicable, and locally owned sanitation marketplace in the eight counties of western Kenya. The main objectives of the project are (1) increased access to and uptake of market-based improved sanitation and fecal sludge management (FSM) products and services; and (2) increased access to and uptake of market-based improved menstrual hygiene management (MHM) products and services at the household level. The target counties for this activity are: Bungoma, Busia, Homa Bay, Kakamega, Kisii, Kisumu, Migori, and Siaya.


RTI is seeking an experienced Accountant for the USAID WKSP project. The accountant will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the finance department, reporting directly to the Finance Specialist.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Support the finance team in establishing and maintaining effective systems for timely and cost-effective disbursement, accounting, budgeting, and reporting of project funds in compliance with local and USAID regulations.

Provide functional support for RTI’s finance and accounting functions.

Accurately record and track expenses and financial transactions, including expense entry and record-keeping.

Prepare and submit monthly expense reports to the RTI home office.

Review expenses and financial transactions to ensure compliance with RTI procedures and terms of the agreement.

Maintain an inventory tracking system, conducting periodic reviews to ensure compliance with USAID and RTI procedures.

Perform cash management functions for maintaining RTI bank accounts.

Manage petty cash accounts.

Ensure bi-weekly expense reporting from field offices is within the deadline.

Review and submit monthly bank reconciliations.

Double-check the accuracy of information to identify weaknesses or missing data, striving for strict compliance and high-quality performance.

Reconcile and follow up on VAT status reports.

Recommend necessary improvements based on review findings to enhance the quality of reporting.

Perform other tasks as assigned by supervisors.


Bachelor’s Degree and 5 years of experience, Master’s degree and 3 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) section 3 required.

Previous experience with USAID-funded programs, and fluency with USAID policies and procedures related to financial management, financial reporting, and grant making.

Ability to understand and interpret policies and procedures as well as the ability to apply them with consistency in a variety of circumstances. 

Ability to function independently and carry out routine responsibilities with minimal supervision.

Ability to follow guidelines and controls required of the position.

Budgeting, financial analysis, and MS Excel skills required.

Proficiency with accounting software (QuickBooks preferred), Word, PowerPoint and Access.

Demonstrated team player with effective cross-cultural interpersonal skills; able to develop and communicate a common vision among diverse partners and lead multidisciplinary teams.

Verbal and written fluency in English, along with strong communications, interpersonal, and presentation skills.

High level of integrity and impeccable record in previous accounting positions.

Ability to monitor progress of a project against milestones or deadlines.

Work experience in Kenya required.

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